I survived!

I’m so pooped from yesterday, but I couldn’t be happier! 🙂

Yesterday I went to the recording studio to record “Like They All Did” for my first album, “Temptation.” The studio owner, Willie Martinez, is extremely knowledgeable and excellent to work with. He is currently managing acts like Chicos Kumbia.

I went to the studio at 9am and left around 2pm. I had no idea that 5 hours could pass by so quickly!

When I first got there, there was a bit of a problem. I was having issues with my acoustic guitar. It is an acoustic electric, which means that I can plug it into an amplifier or computer using an interface. However, after my guitar was plugged in, the recording equipment wasn’t able to recognize the guitar. I changed the battery in the sound panel on the side of my guitar, and I tried to play again. The equipment still was not able to recognize that a guitar was plugged in! I was so stressed out that I might not be able to record my guitar. 😦 After inspecting the cable, it turned out that the cable was a little bit defective…yikes! But after messing with the input plug, Willie was able to get the recording equipment to recognize that my guitar was plugged in. Thank goodness!

I was no longer stressed about the guitar…just very nervous about recording one of my songs for the first time!!!

Because I had never recorded one of my songs before yesterday, I had no idea how the process worked. So, the first thing we did was record the drums.

This is a picture of Caleb Behnke playing an electronic drum set.  My apologies for the glare from the window.

This was amazing to watch! Caleb Behnke, who offered to learn the drums for my songs, recorded the drum part after playing drums for only one week! He practiced for hours and hours.

When he first got into the recording room, he had to get accustomed to the electronic drum set. He learned the drums on my acoustic set. Although Willie’s electronic drum set was set up the same as my acoustic set, obviously the size of the sets were different. So, it took a little while for Caleb to get used to it. It didn’t take that long though!

Once Caleb felt comfortable with the electronic drum set, I was set up with my acoustic guitar and a microphone outside of the recording room. We began performing the song. Caleb’s drum set parts, my vocals, and my acoustic guitar parts were all being recorded. Since Caleb was the only one in the recording room, the vocals and acoustic guitar parts ended up being recorded in the recording room later that day.

I have to say that I could not be more impressed by Caleb! He did such a great job! And I am so grateful that he played the drums for my album 🙂

After the drum parts were recorded, we recorded the acoustic guitar parts (for real). Although I had played the acoustic guitar parts for this song so many times, I was still really nervous. I have a short video on my Facebook Page of me recording the acoustic guitar parts.

After the acoustic guitar parts were recorded, I got to record the electric guitar parts. When I perform live, I play my acoustic guitar. So, I really enjoyed having the opportunity to play my electric Fender. 🙂

Here’s a picture of me recording the electric guitar parts.

The last part of the recording process was the vocals. I have a short video on my Facebook Page of me recording the vocals.

Here’s a picture of me recording the vocals.

Every time I perform a song that I wrote, I relive the way I felt when I was writing the song. It was a very powerful moment for me to record one of my songs. I have always wanted to share my music with the world!

Yesterday was an amazing experience!

I hope that when you hear the finished product you enjoy it 🙂

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4 thoughts on “I survived!

  1. Glad it all worked out for you at the end. Looking forward to listening to the final results! Best of luck in the future!
    William Martinez is a great producer and very talented and have no doubts you will be more than happy with the results. Good luck on your album. Would love to see one of your performances.

    Julio Araujo
    jcaraujo85@gmail.com

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